Autism, Down Syndrome, ADD, childhood obesity and diabetes ... the rate of serious childhood diseases is on the rise, with these epidemics leading the way. Why? And what can be done about it?
The Center for Disease Control currently estimates that an entire generation of children born since 2000 will be the first generation ever who will die before their parents do.1
The loss of one of my children or my granddaughter would be my most difficult life challenge, so I already feel the pain of the millions of young parents whose children are around the age of 7. How many will live to bury the child they gave birth to only a short time ago?
Women are delivering low birth weight and pre-term babies in epidemic numbers, and both conditions accurately predict future health problems like Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Even more troubling, rates of autism have increased from 1 in 10,000 to 1 child out of 166! 2
At a time when giving birth to a healthy baby seems more and more difficult, most women are unaware of how their nutrition and lifestyle can positively impact the health of their future child.
Read on to learn about common conditions that affect the health of unborn babies and then discover how the Body Ecology program can create wellness for both mother and child.
Fetal nutrition is the best indicator of longevity and future health, and parents play a huge role in having healthy babies. Read: Why Are So Many Babies Being Born Too Early?
Problems During Pregnancy
During pregnancy, many changes occur in a woman's body including:
Studies show that as many as 85% of women have a vaginal infection when they give birth3 and pass on dangerous pathogens to their newborn babies instead of the beneficial bacteria that create a foundation for wellness.
Babies who lack an abundance of beneficial bacteria start life with gastrointestinal pain like colic reflux and even infant constipation. They will not develop the necessary immunity and will not be able to cleanse out the inherited toxins from their parents and grandparents.
From this state of weakened immunity the baby is vulnerable to more serious problems including autism.
The Infection/Autism Connection
Understanding fungal infections may be the key to unlocking the mystery of autism. When a woman has a systemic fungal infection (candidiasis) she can infect her baby, and neither of them may have any visible symptoms!
Babies born with yeast in their gut (inherited from mothers with candidiasis) lack the normal healthy bacteria that establish a thriving immune system.
A baby's blood-brain barrier isn't formed until 6 weeks after birth. Before the blood-brain barrier is formed, there is potential for fungal, bacterial and viral infections to enter your baby's brain.
A baby born without an inner ecosystem and therefore a healthy immune system is not a good candidate for vaccinations like the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella). Their weak immune systems cannot develop antibodies to the viruses and instead the infant actually becomes infected with the disease that the vaccination was intended to prevent!
Vaccinations were originally created for people with strong immune systems who had resistance to the pathogens that were injected into their blood stream. Newborn babies have not had time to build strong immune systems. Without a healthy inner ecosystem, the immune system will never be strong.
Most parents of autistic children tell us that their child appeared to be "normal" upon birth. They may have had some health issues like digestive disturbances, constipation, frequent colds and ear infections - yet when vaccinated (often with the MMR at 18 months) their child began to regress in their language development and social behaviors. They behavior even becomes abnormal, much like a schizophrenic. If you look at photos of these children you can see from their eyes that they appear to have an infection in their brain.
Our theory at Body Ecology (based on my research) is that upon inoculation with these three live viruses, the child who is not strong enough to be vaccinated is instead infected. The mumps virus in particular will cause the child's blood pressure to elevate. Elevated blood pressure will open the blood brain barrier. Any infections in the body can then easily enter the brain. Even though current research shows clearly that the blood-brain barrier opens when blood pressure is elevated, your child's pediatrician may not know this, since it is not taught in medical school.
While a child is supposed to develop immunity, his/her immune
system is not developed because the inner ecosystem was not established and
maintained at birth. The immune system is already overwhelmed dealing with
an inherited fungal infection. The child has no ability to resist the
assault from 3 live viruses: measles, mumps and rubella (measles has been
found on the gut wall by Dr. Andrew Wakefield).
For more on autism and fetal health, read The Myths and Truths of the Mercury/Autism Connection.
Establishing a vibrant inner ecosystem is just one way an expecting mother can influence her baby's health; a mother's mood can also help or harm her unborn child.
When a mother is under a lot of stress during pregnancy, her fetus ends up with expanded adrenals and the baby is unable to handle stress. (Adrenals are glands that provide energy to every system in your body.)
When the adrenals are healthy, a person is calm and centered with excellent mental focus. Children who experienced expanded adrenal cells in the womb will be highly intelligent but will find it difficult to concentrate. These children are usually diagnosed as having ADD or ADHD.
Nutrition and lifestyle can significantly impact your health and the health of your baby. If you are planning to have a child, the Body Ecology program is your foundation for creating wellness.
Body Ecology's Pregnancy Protocol
The Body Ecology program's emphasis on establishing a healthy inner ecosystem, cleansing your body of built-up toxins, and nourishing your adrenals is an ideal way to prepare your body for pregnancy.
If you are thinking about becoming pregnant, it's not too late to start thinking about your own health!
The best things you can do to prepare for pregnancy are:
Crave Pickles and Ice Cream? Try Fermented Foods!
You may have heard of pregnant women who crave the unlikely combination of pickles and ice cream. Craving pickles and ice cream is actually your body's way of saying it needs sour, fermented foods rich in beneficial bacteria and the sugar to feed them.
Unfortunately, most commercial pickles and sauerkraut are pasteurized and contain too much salt and vinegar, so you won't get the health benefits of true fermented foods. For more on beneficial fermented foods and drinks, read: Which Fermented Food Starter Should You Use for What?
The Body Ecology program is the only nutrient-rich, probiotic diet that emphasizes fermented foods and drinks. These superfoods establish plenty of good bacteria in your intestines that quickly populate your birth canal. Maintaining this healthy inner ecosystem is the crucial first step to wellness for you and your baby.
When your baby passes through the birth canal, he/she will be inoculated by beneficial bacteria and be well on the way to establishing his/her own inner ecosystem.
Benefits of the Body Ecology Diet's Fermented Foods:
Ideally both potential mothers and fathers will follow the Body Ecology diet for 6 months to 2 years before conception. The father's genes contribute to a healthy placenta, liver and adrenals, all important for your baby's immunity.
A Legacy of Health
Nutrition and lifestyle can significantly impact your health and the health of your baby. Whether you are pregnant, nursing or just planning to have a baby some day, the Body Ecology program is your foundation for creating wellness and will help ensure that you have happy, healthy children.
Create a legacy of health and happiness for your baby - read The Body Ecology Diet to prepare for your pregnancy!
Read more about the Body Ecology system of health and healing and discover tasty recipes for you and your baby in The Body Ecology Diet.
How You Can Help Reduce the Incidence of Childhood Disease
Sending this article to parents-to-be (even if they are of high school and college age) can help create a legacy of health for generations to come. Donating to BEFORE BIRTH AND BEYOND is another way you can contribute to creating healthy families and babies.
Before Birth and Beyond is a non-profit foundation (5013C) created by Donna Gates in order to reduce the incidence of childhood diseases like autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities and asthma.
Our goal, accomplished through funding in-depth research and educational programs, is to provide the nutritional guidance for creating healthy, happy children for our rapidly changing world. We intend to educate parents-to-be and also their supporting community. After all, the entire world benefits when a beautiful, healthy, intelligent and productive human being is born into our "planetary village." We feel it is important to include the baby's grandparents, aunts and uncles, the midwives, obstetricians, pediatricians and even the babies' clergyman who will become an important part of the baby's life as he or she grows. Remember, "It takes village to raise a child." BEFORE BIRTH AND BEYOND is working to contribute to a bright future for generations of children to come.
For more information or to make a tax-deductible donation, call 866-4BE-DIET.
1 Jiminez, April. Junior Weight Wars: Tackling obesity on Long Island. LongIslandPress.com 7 December 2006. http://www.longislandpress.com/?cp=162&show=article&a_id=10463
2 Kirby, David. 1 in Every 166 Children Has Autism. AutismToday.com http://www.autismtoday.com/articles/1_in_6.htm
3 The most common vaginal infections are: candidiasis (75%), bacterial
vaginosis (16%) and trichomoniasis. Hamilton, Carey. Bacterial vaginosis often
goes untreated. The Salt Lake Tribune. December 2006. http://www.sltrib.com/healthscience/ci_4820799
and Vaginitis Due to Vaginal Infections. National Institute of Allergy and
Infectious Diseases. October 2004. http://www.niaid.nih.gov/factsheets/vaginitis.htm